The whitewashed, ivy-hung exterior of this former tannery-turned-ale house does little to betray its ‘stunning, modern’ interiors, nor the ‘warmth and charm’ that welcome visitors and locals.
A local hot spot ‘in the middle of nowhere’, this thatch-roofed 14th-century inn is worth the trip down a winding country lane in the Nadder valley.
‘Such a romantic spot.’ Deep in the Nadder valley, amid narrow country lanes that are ‘a pleasure to get lost in’, this 17th-century house is owned by Grahame and Prue Senior and Simon and Charlotte Greenwood.
If you’re in search of ‘a comfortable and homely experience’, look no further than Barbara Garnsworthy’s former dower house in an ‘unspoilt’ estate village within the former royal hunting ground of Cranborne Chase.
Deep in rural Wiltshire, on the edge of the Fonthill Estate and Cranborne Chase, this ‘lovely old Georgian inn’ is Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton’s sophisticated take on a country pub.
Personal attention from the owners won high praise from readers this year, after a stay at this restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Blackmore Vale.
A stone’s throw from Shaftesbury’s famous Gold Hill (of Hovis ad fame), there has been an inn on this spot since the 1500s. This may well be its most successful incarnation, with ‘top-notch’ staff, ‘stunning’ rooms and a ‘first-class‘ restaurant.
From £62.50 per night
Carefully restored, with an abundance of quirky details – a stream separates the dining room from bar – this well-designed roadside inn is a social media hit.
A 15-minute walk from the cathedral, the Street family’s ‘first-rate guest house’ provides good-value B&B accommodation.
‘Well-regarded’ brewers Hall and Woodhouse have owned this Georgian town-centre inn since 1931. For one reader it is but ‘a useful stopping place’, for another ‘there’s no better place for a choice of Badger Ales’.
Deep in Wiltshire countryside, the River Wylie runs past this Grade II listed Georgian country mansion, now a welcoming hotel and spa.
‘There is a timeless feel and magic about the setting’ of this Jacobean manor house. It stands in ‘immaculate gardens in Thomas Hardy’s ‘vale of little dairies’.
Flanked by two golf courses, this 18th-century coaching inn, in a quiet New Forest hamlet, is ‘a great option for a relaxed weekend away’.
A New Forest Victorian verderer’s manor house overlooking a deer park is today a restful hotel with a popular restaurant at its heart.
The hub of the village, within trotting distance of the iconic white horse, this ‘impressive’ pub-with-rooms has much going on.
Set up as a training centre for RNLI volunteers, this purpose-built structure overlooks Holes Bay in Poole Harbour. Alongside crew members, visitors can stay in comfortable, jauntily decorated bedrooms (each with a double bed, work desk, seating and stunning view of the harbour). Breakfast and bistro food is served in the light and cheerful Riggers restaurant facing the waterfront; the Slipway bar has drinks and nibbles. Tours of the facility (which include a wave tank and simulator) can be pre-arranged. Every £1 spent goes towards providing equipment, training, and support for those saving lives at sea.
Last updated: December 08, 2019